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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Raider gets 9 years over brutal assault on elderly brothers

Patrick and Paul Kenny
Patrick and Paul Kenny

A man has been jailed for nine years for robbing two elderly brothers who were bound and badly beaten.

Bogdan Hainal (28), from Romania, was one of three men who entered the home of Paul and Patrick Kenny at Prosperous, Co Kildare, in July 2014.

Two of the men were wearing garda-style clothing - one remains unidentified while the third has a warrant out for his arrest.

Fled

Insp Paul Reilly told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that this man, from Dublin, was the main aggressor but was believed to have fled the jurisdiction.

Hainal, formerly of Gandon Mews, Lucan, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary on July 8, 2014.

The court heard that just before 7am the raiders arrived in a black BMW at the home of the brothers, both in their 60s.

They entered a bedsit where Patrick lives and tied him up with neckties. They demanded to know where his brother was in the false belief that Paul had money to buy a pub.

Insp Reilly said Paul was the carer for his older brother and called on him every morning.

He arrived at around 7.30am and the raiders began beating him, demanding cash and stabbing him in the hand and arm.

They tied him to a sink with a rubber inner tube around his neck and pulled a woolly hat over his eyes.

The ordeal lasted an hour and six minutes, during which the men were told they would be killed if they did not co-operate.

Judge Patricia Ryan described the injuries as horrific and noted the psychological effects.

She set a headline sentence of 11 years and suspended the final two years on condition that Hainal stay away from the victims for 30 years.

Fearing

In victim impact statements, both men described fearing their lives would end.

Paul Kenny was hospitalised for six weeks and is still undergoing physiotherapy.

Patrick has suffered high blood pressure since the raid and will be on medication for the rest of his life.

Insp Reilly agreed with lawyers that Hainal was in the bedsit for only 14 minutes.

His lawyers had contested CCTV and fingerprint evidence, but after Judge Ryan allowed it, Hainal changed his plea to guilty.

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